Are Black Female Photographers Being Ignored? | COLE Magazine Shines A Spotlight On Hidden Talent And Industry Issues

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Are Black Female Photographers Being Ignored? | COLE Magazine Shines A Spotlight On Hidden Talent And Industry Issues

It’s no secret that women have been at the forefront of discussion in our industry as of late and are sparking a much needed change by bringing awareness to social injustices. There are large strides being made in the right direction and it is the hope of many to close the gender gap where there is underrepresentation in the various genres. [REWIND: GRAZIA MAGAZINE’S PHOTOSHOP BLUNDER | THE BURDEN OF CREATIVITY AND CLUTIVATING CULTURAL AWARENESS] Fashion in particular is largely comprised of male photographers and there have been numerous articles over the past few months outlining the fact. Dana Cole, Editor-in-Chief at COLE Magazine, took her research a bit further and found that black female fashion and beauty photographers flew even lower under the radar. It posed an interesting question: do fewer black female fashion photographers truly exist or are they in fact grossly underrepresented at large? This question is similar to the uproar that was created when Nikon named their 32 men to their fellowship in the Middle East, Asia and Australia because surely there are strong female photographers in that demographic. It was also apparent that a community and network was lacking for these women. With this in mind, COLE Magazine released a list of 19 black female fashion and beauty photographers with incredible portfolios out into the world with the hope of shining a floodlight on the immense that is out there. Photographer, Post & Art Direction: Me Stylist: @oslo_stylist MUA: @liseerlandsenmakeup Hair: @cortex_randa Model: @andreaevenseen w/ @teammodels Videography/Photo Asst.: Umar Javed . . #fashionmodel #spring #mua #beauty #beautyphotography #fashion #fashioneditorial #instafashion #fashionphotos #fashionphotography #oslo #norway #flowers #inspofashion #styling #style #floral #photography #pretty #editorial #danacole #birdcage #redlips #makeup #beautiful #potd #vogue #profoto A post shared by Dana Cole Photographer (@danacolepix) on Sep 28, 2017 at 8:08am PDT Having personally experienced resistance in the industry simply for being a woman and watching this lingering question manifest into a mission, it became apparent that adding other parameters into the mix might make this journey that much more difficult. With piqued curiosity, I had a few questions for COLE Magazine’s Editor in Chief. Have you had any experiences or issues as a photographer where your skin color and /or gender has played a part? I have personally had known issues where my race played a part in me not getting specific jobs. It sucked but I was also happy I found out who those people were before actually working for them. Were you surprised by any hurdles or discoveries when compiling this list? Well, it took me about 3-4 months of searching for a good amount of Black Women who are fashion and beauty photographers, and I am sure I have still missed a few. I was very happy with each new photographer I found. Do you think the fashion industry and the current cultural blocks we are seeing...

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Weekly Photography Challenge – Blue Hour

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Weekly Photography Challenge – Blue Hour

Blue hour is the time of day after sunset (and just before sunrise) when the sky still has some color it and it’s not pure black. This is the number one tip for shooting night photography – don’t shoot at night! If you want a dark, deep blue sky – shoot at blue hour. This is a bonus – you don’t have to stay up all night getting shots for this week’s challenge. Just catch the blue hour and you’re good to go. Blue hour in New York City. If you need some help: Video Tutorials and Tips for Shooting Blue Hour 5 Quick Tips for Better Blue Hour Photography New Photographer’s Guide to Blue Hour Recommended Gear for Doing Long Exposure Photography at Twilight and Dusk Do you pack up and leave after sunset and miss the fun of night photography? How to do Long Exposure Photography and Light Trails at Night Weekly Photography Challenge – Blue Hour Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer, upload them to your favorite photo-sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge. Sometimes it takes a while for an image to appear so be patient and try not to post the same image twice. Blue hour in Rome, Italy. San Francisco – the complementary colors of blue hour make for stunning compositions. Use it to your advantage. Share in the dPS Facebook Group You can also share your images on the dPS Facebook group as the challenge is posted there each week as well. The post Weekly Photography Challenge – Blue Hour by Darlene Hildebrandt appeared first on Digital Photography School.        Share...

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Video Tutorials and Tips for Shooting Blue Hour

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Video Tutorials and Tips for Shooting Blue Hour

Blue hour is a fantastic time to get out and do some night photography. Yes, you read that right – night photography is best done before it’s actually night time. To help you out with blue hour photography here are three videos with examples and tips. How to shoot at blue hour with filters Ray Salisbury takes you on location at blue hour and demonstrates how he scouts a location for the best spot, finds a good composition and uses filters. Get the timing right for blue hour In this next video photography education guru Brian Peterson gives you tips for getting the timing just right when shooting blue hour. He’s on location in Las Vegas. Blue hour photography examples Finally, Brendan Van Son is shooting blue hour in Leiden, Netherlands. In this video, you can see how the length of blue hour varies greatly depending on your geographic location. The farther away from the equator you are, the long blue hour will last. Where I live it’s usually about an hour, so it’s frustrating for me that it’s so quick in more tropical locations I like to visit. So you really have to plan ahead and be prepared when that is the case. I hope that gives you some good blue hour shooting tips. Now get out there and give it a try. The post Video Tutorials and Tips for Shooting Blue Hour by Darlene Hildebrandt appeared first on Digital Photography School.        Share...

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How to make yourself invisible in light painting photos

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

How to make yourself invisible in light painting photos

Eric Paré is best known for his stunning light painting photos and helpful tutorials. In all his photos, he remains invisible even though he stands behind the model and draws shapes with lights. He does it all in-camera, and many people have wondered how he does it. In this video, Eric and his partner Kim Henry share a few tricks […] The post How to make yourself invisible in light painting photos appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Photoshop Better | Five Tips To Make Better Use Of Your Wacom Tablet

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Photoshop Better | Five Tips To Make Better Use Of Your Wacom Tablet

Wacom tablets are incredibly useful tools for those who often work in Adobe programs doing anything other than moving sliders. They may have a bit of a learning curve as new users adjust to the feeling of using a pen to move a computer’s cursor on what amounts to a large, pressure-sensitive trackpad that correlates to your screen’s real estate, but if you put in the time to let it become second nature you will be rewarded in dividends. As with many things related to retouching, there is more to using a Wacom tablet than meets the eye. Little secrets are hovering beneath the surface that can take an already rich experience up a notch. Colin Smith of PhotoshopCAFE has created a 10-minute video detailing five tips to get even more out of your Wacom Tablet. [Rewind:] Wacom ‘Sketch’ & ‘Ink’ | Bringing Apple Pencil-Like Functionality To All iPads For instance, had you thought of tracing on a Wacom? And if you had, did you notice that the traced shapes did not look quite as they should? By going into your tablet’s settings in System Preferences or Control Panel and checking the “force proportions” box under the “mapping” tab, what you draw, whether traced or free-hand, will not be stretched or squished. What this does is forces your Wacom tablet to correlate exactly to your screen area, even if they do not have the same aspect ratio. To see all of the tips, watch the video below!        Share...

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Hasselblad X1D | Hassy Launches ‘Rent A Hasselblad’

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Hasselblad X1D | Hassy Launches ‘Rent A Hasselblad’

The allure of Medium format is ever present, and more so today than ever before, given the more affordable cost, more manageable sizes, and the more attractive styles. There is probably no medium format camera that embodies this quite as completely as the Hasselblad X1D. It’s under $9k, is smaller than a D850, and infinitely cooler looking. But is it for you? Well, our review is en route (probably the toughest camera I’ve reviewed in recent memory) but there’s no substitute for actually using one, and now you can rent it. Hasselblad has just launched their ‘Rent A Hasselblad’ program in countries across the globe (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA), providing the best opportunity to ‘try before you buy’. It’s a global online service that you can get through in a matter of a few minutes, and the only hiccup to be found thus far, is that seeing what availability is in a particular location for a particular time isn’t really fleshed out, so it’s a bit of trial and error. That said, it’s worth the effort, and Hasselblad’s are not as plentiful as your run-of-the-mill Nikon, so quantity affecting availability is to be a little more expected. Perhaps more so that the prices aren’t really exorbitant, and the money you spend goes toward the purchase of the camera if you buy within 2 weeks of a rental. Considering the X1D is a $9k camera the rental price of $90 USD a day (in the US) isn’t bad. In fact, it’s 1% of the camera’s sticker price – a little more in other parts of the world. The lenses are also reasonably priced at $26 for the XCD 90mm 3.2 and $22 for the XCD 45mm 3.5, so you could have a nicely fleshed out kit for $148 a day. Check out the full press release below, and of course check out the camera. It’s been on the receiving end of mixed reviews, and understandable given the new foray in which it lives, and the iterative software approach the company has taken, but it’s really come into its own and a wonderful camera in its own right. 2017-11-16 HASSELBLAD LAUNCHES ‘RENT A HASSELBLAD’ – A NEW WAY TO EXPERIENCE AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HASSELBLAD MEDIUM FORMAT TECHNOLOGY ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ enables easier and on-demand access to Hasselblad medium format cameras and lenses for photography enthusiasts and professionals. Hasselblad, the leading manufacturer of medium format cameras and lenses, is introducing the ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ service. The service has been created to allow photography enthusiasts and professionals to benefit from the advantages of medium format technology. “Owning a Hasselblad medium format camera system is a significant investment even for a successful high-paid photographer,” said Bronius Rudnickas, Hasselblad Marketing Manager. “Consequently, many professional photographers and enthusiasts haven’t had the opportunity to see what they’re able to create...

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